The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says last night’s botched execution in Oklahoma will not affect Texas’ execution schedule, pointing out that inmates here are put to death through a far different system than is used in Oklahoma, 1200 WOAI news reports.
“Texas does not use the same drugs,” Death Row spokesman Robert Hurst told 1200 WOAI news. “We use a single lethal dose of pentobarbital and we have done so since 2012.”
Oklahoma uses a three drug cocktail, similar to the way Texas executed inmates before 2012. The first drug is a sedative, the second stops respiration and the third stops the heart and the vital functions.
In Oklahoma, officials had to step in and halt the execution of rapist/killer Clayton Lockett after the first drug apparently burst a blood vessel. Lockett was seen writing in pain on the gurney, clenching his teeth and straining to life his head from the pillow.
Even though the execution was halted, Lockett later died of a heart attack.
The next Texas execution is set for May 13. Robert Campbell kidnapped a woman who was getting gas at a Houston area Chevron station, robbed her, took her to an isolated field and raped her, and then told her to ‘run.’ As she ran, Campbell shot her in the back.